Interview with Owen Ellemor (Stony Rises) for South West Sounds


1. What inspires you to write music?

“I love making up music tunes. Writing lyrics is a way for me to express what I’m feeling or thinking about at the time. Hopefully, the music and the words connect and move the listener in some way. I like listening to songs that move me and writing music gives me that experience as well.”

2. What is your most memorable gig?

“My first public gig was supporting Melbourne songwriter David Hosking at a West Papua solidarity group fundraiser. I discovered that I could do it. Oh, and once a young man who was a stranger to me came up to me and said, “It’s great to hear songs that are about things that are real”. That was enough.”

3. Who are some of your favourite artists?

“I grew up watching CountDown, which in a small country town was my main access to music. I liked Australian rock bands. I then got in to U2 and later discovered Midnight Oil (one of the best!). I also listen to some heavy rock bands like King’s X and Living Colour. I love the songwriting of Bruce Cockburn and he’s an excellent guitarist. Other songwriters I’m drawn to are Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan, Kev Carmody, Sarah Blasko, Ben Harper, David Hosking and Courtney Barnett. I also like Flight Of The Conchords.”

4. What is one goal you have in relation to your music?

“I have three goals. The first two have been achieved. The third one not. That goal is to get a proper festival gig.”

5. What’s your favourite food?

“Fresh tasty food.”

6. Where can people listen to your music?

“In the car, in your house, at The Loft or on the nature strip outside my house. My music project is called Stony Rises. You can access it at, Spotify,, and online stores. You can also by the album on CD at all good record stores (F-Project, Prehistoric Records Warrnambool, The Loft, and my glove box).”

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